“We’re both firm believers that God wants you to be whole before you choose your other half,” says Felicia. “Our time working together did not spark a romantic relationship, but we continued to build on our friendship and personal growth.” A few years later they made it official.
When it came time for Antaun to propose to Felicia, he knew he wanted to go all out for his love. They completed the March of Dimes charity walk that morning, he later surprised her with an afternoon picnic in Central Park, a romantic dinner at Haru and, finally, a moonlit proposal in Battery Park. “I was completely surprised,” she admits. “As cheesy as it may sound, I felt like I was dreaming.”
“The dress I chose was everything I thought I didn’t want,” reveals Felicia, who settled on the stunning princess ball gown from Allure Bridal. “I wanted something sleek and sexy at first, but I was so wrong.”
“Antaun has always been ‘that guy’. The nice one and the one who is always there when you need him,” admits Felicia. “I loved that about him even when we were just friends. I loved Antaun as a friend before we started dating and fell in love with him when we became an item.”
“Antaun had a vision of how he wanted his groomsmen to look,” admits Felicia. “He wanted their ties to compliment the bridesmaids dresses, but not be a solid, so he went with pin dots instead.” The groom’s dapper digs were custom made at My Suit in New York City.
Antaun’s fraternity brother, who is also the pastor or Macedonia Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York, officiated the couple’s afternoon ceremony. Another fraternity brother played Luther Vandross’ “Here and Now” on the saxophone. The couple says it was nice to feel so closely connected to everyone involved.
Antaun wore a white rose boutonniere with green berries to compliment his bride. “We wanted the groomsmen to have a different flower so the groom would stand out,” says Felicia, who planned out each detail to perfection.
The bridesmaids’ chic gowns came from designer Alfred Angelo. “I knew I wanted them to wear cocktail dresses that they could be comfortable to dance in and wear again,” reveals Felicia. “I also wanted them to be two colors, so the sash was perfect.”
Antaun shared the dance floor with his mother while Christina Aguilera’s “I Turn to You” played along. It was a very emotional moment for the couple, who were thrilled to have their family members there to share such a special day with them. Felicia decided to include a mother-daughter dance as well because she’s also very close with her mother.
“We wanted the venue to speak for itself, so we decided to focus on candles and lighting,” reveals the planning savvy bride. “We had over 100 votive and pillar candles, which created the ambiance we wanted.”
After the cocktail hour, a buffet style dinner was served with BBQ spiced salmon with molasses glaze, honey herb-roasted chicken, summer roasted vegetables and a field greens salad with champagne vinaigrette.
The newlyweds chose to fill their lovely wedding cake with their two favorite flavors: coconut cream and dulce de leche. “Plus, we knew our Caribbean family would enjoy bother flavors,” Felicia insists.